Singers, actors, athletes and even politicians are usually the media stars and the idols of society, but an exhibition opened today in Los Angeles pays tribute to a peculiar and charismatic pop icon of the United States: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
"Notorious RBG", a playful parallelism with rapper The Notorious BIG, is the title of the Skirball Cultural Center exhibition that examines the life and work of a tireless 85-year-old magistrate who has stood out for her defense of the rights of women and the LGBT community and for raising their voice, on numerous occasions, against the majority and conservative opinion of the Supreme Court.
This exhibition, which will remain open until March 10, 2019, is the last step of a chain of tributes that have made Ginsburg a celebrity.
In 2013, Shana Knizhnik opened on Tumblr a blog called "Notorious RBG" as a tribute to the contrary and forceful opinions of Ginsburg in front of his colleagues of the Supreme.
"What I wanted to achieve with 'Notorious RBG' was not a place for outrage or disagreement but a space to celebrate this person's incredible life and work in a way that was insolent and fun but also substantial," Knizhnik explained today. the media.
Memes, photographs, posters or T-shirts with phrases and Ginsburg's face began to triumph on the internet until Knizhnik, together with Irin Carmon, published the book "Notorious RBG" (2015), which was the origin of this exhibition.
"When we started working on this exhibition two years ago we did not know that when it opened it would be at a time when the values that Ginsburg has fought for all his life, which can be summarized as justice and equal citizenship for all, would be under a unprecedented attack, "Carmon said today.
Without mentioning it explicitly, the co-author seemed to refer to the controversial presidency of Donald Trump and the controversial confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as judge of the Supreme Court despite having been accused of sexual abuse by three women.
Against this, Ginsburg has become a particularly relevant icon, with the feminist wave of the movement "Me Too" as a background current, and the Skirball exhibition reviews her life since she was a child in Brooklyn to the present.
In addition to panels and televisions in which visitors can consult their famous arguments of dissatisfaction with decisions of the Supreme Court or their youth activism in the Union for Civil Liberties in America (ACLU), the exhibition, with a marked playful touch, includes parts interactive as a recreation of the office of the judge or the court that arrived in 1993.
Also, those who come to Skirball can try togas as the judge, who was the second woman to reach the Supreme after Sandra Day O'Connor, or learn more of the tender romantic relationship that joined him to Martin Ginsburg, who died in 2010, for more than fifty years.
A set of artistic works inspired by the magistrate closes an exhibition that adds to the long list of tributes to Ginsburg in recent times.
For example, the documentary "RBG" (2018), directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West, grossed more than 14 million dollars at the US box office, a non-negligible figure for a non-fiction film.
And, with Felicity Jones as star, on December 25 will be released the film "On the Basis of Sex", which recreates on the big screen the Ginsburg fight against discrimination against women.